Police make arrest in murder of 78-year-old Emmett man

Police make arrest in murder of 78-year-old Emmett man

Credit: Idaho State Police

Douglas Anderson. 58, is charged with first-degree murder.

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Posted on September 6, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 6 at 6:15 PM

BOISE -- Idaho State Police detectives say they have arrested a suspect for the murder of an 78-year-old Emmett man.

Douglas Anderson, 58, was taken into custody without incident Friday morning near his home in Salmon, Idaho, by state police and deputies with the Lemhi County Sheriff's Office. 

Anderson, who is a former resident of Emmett, was charged with first-degree murder of Darole Carpenter who was found dead inside his home on July 8, 2013.  Anderson is also charged with forgery and three counts of grand theft.

Detectives says Carpenter had been bludgeoned in the head and repeatedly stabbed in the abdomen.  Police were able to link Anderson to the crime through DNA testing.  A spot of Carpenter's blood was found in Anderson's vehicle. Additionally, police have obtained video evidence placing Anderson’s vehicle at Carpenter’s residence at the time of the murder.

Investigators believe Anderson killed Carpenter to hide that he had defrauded him of approximately $30,000 in two different transactions.   Anderson promised to purchase cattle and hay with Carpenter’s money without any intention of making the purchase.  Those transactions led to two counts of grand theft.

The other count of grand theft and the forgery count stem from a transaction in which Anderson also defrauded another couple.  In that case, he received $230,000 under false pretenses.

Anderson is being held in the Lemhi County Jail on a $1 million bond.  He will be arraigned on Monday.

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